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Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | Winter 1998

An interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed academic journal exploring Bible interpretation, theology, church history, and other disciplines as they address a biblical view of women’s equality and justice in the home, church, and world.

"Priscilla and Aquila instructed Apollos more perfectly in the way of the Lord." (Acts 18:26)

Academic Journals

The opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of CBE International or its members.

Priscilla Papers Winter 1998 Volume 12 Issue 1

Winter 1998

Volume: 12 | Number: 1

Classics of Biblical Equality: Selections for Priscilla Papers, the First Ten Years.

Revisit writings on the topic of biblical equality from the first ten years of Priscilla Papers.

Contents

Toward an Egalitarian Hermeneutic of Faith
By: Catherine Clark Kroeger | April 30, 1990
I believe that we need to come to the Bible with just such a faith when we deal with the hard issues – not only those of doctrine but also those of Christian behavior. If we can develop a hermeneutic of faith which will apply to a better understanding of gender roles in the economy of [...]

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Mystical Masculinity: The New Question Facing Women
By: Faith Martin | October 31, 1992
Popular references to God most often imply a certain masculinity, but I had always interpreted them as playful anthropomorphisms, endearments meant to humanize God just enough so people can speak comfortably yet respectfully about him in secular circles.

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Good News for a Country
By: Paul G. Hiebert | July 31, 1993
Equality and mutual submission between men and women is God’s ideal for humanity. But, some ask, do these work in a world ruled by power-hungry leaders, inequality and hierarchy? Do we not need strong leadership for a nation to prosper?

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The Role of Women in the Church, in Society and in the Home
By: W. Ward Gasque | April 30, 1988
The two divergent approaches to the question of the role of women which are common among contemporary Evangelical Christians we might call the Traditional View (the majority opinion) and the Egalitarian View (the minority opinion).

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Sins of Omission: Searching for the Whole Truth in Genesis 17 and 18
By: Camille S. Muir | July 31, 1995
The story in Genesis 17 and 18 of the Lord’s telling first Abraham and then Sarah that they would have a son in their old age is one of the places in Scripture where a “sin of omission” is often committed.

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Why We’ve Missed the Mark
By: Frances Hiebert | April 30, 1989
Biblical feminists, as opposed to other feminists outside and within the church, accept the full authority of all Scripture for all the people of God. But they recognize, with all modern people, that we do not absorb Scripture in its pure form into our understanding. Like anything else we read, reading Scripture is an interpretive [...]

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God as Mother, Not Mother as God: A Biblical Feminist Response to the “New Feminism”
By: Aída Besançon Spencer | October 31, 1991
Can evangelical feminism be saved from secular feminism? In response, I propose that many of the needs and the bases for feminism come from God and God's followers. Further, both feminists and male chauvinists elevate values and perspectives that, in truth, should not be contradictory or exclusive from one another.

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Images of God
By: John Weaver | April 30, 1989
The God presented by the biblical authors and worshipped in the Church today cannot be regarded as having gender, any more than God can be regarded as having race or color. In recognizing this truth, we will be more free to use inclusive metaphors for God.

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Who is Sophia?
By: Tina Ostrander | April 30, 1994
In the search for a more inclusive understanding of God, the feminine “Sophia” has for many persons become a bridge between traditional Christianity and feminist concerns. So we ask: Who is Sophia, and where did she come from? Is she the long-awaited answer to this search?

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Believing the Right Thing
By: Kathryn E. Stegall | April 30, 1995
I was confronted with the need to exercise my faith to believe that by his rich grace God had made me alive in Christ so that I was no longer a foreigner and alien in the church but never quite a brother or fellow citizen either.

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We Are Equal, This We Know
By: Leo Kwiatkowski | October 31, 1989
We are equal, this we know, For the Bible tells us so. Jew and Greek to God belong; Racial barriers are all wrong.  

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Men: It's Time to Change
By: James Reapsome | July 31, 1993
Change begins with our language, because what we say and what we write reveals our unchallenged assumptions about women. Beyond that, however, we must change our missions commitment to include evangelizing and training the world’s women. 

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Does It Matter? Remembering Our Foremothers
By: Gretchen Gaebelein Hull | January 31, 1993
Why should we highlight women in Bible times and throughout Christian history? Wouldn’t it be more timely to focus on women in the church today, by discussing their present aspirations? Aren’t twentieth-century movements what will influence not only the contemporary church, but also its future course?

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Jesus and the Ministry of Women
By: Roberta Hestenes | October 31, 1990
There are many models of ministry. Women are as diverse as men in the patterns of ministry they follow. But let's look at the response of this one woman to Jesus to learn more about the place of women in ministry.

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Who Was the “Chosen Lady” of 2 John?
By: Lamar Wadsworth | July 31, 1996
Here in this little letter is all the Bible tells us about the chosen lady: John had the highest regard for her as a colleague in ministry. She was well-known among the churches to which 1 John was written. She was a gracious and loving person.

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Servant Leadership
By: CBE International | July 31, 1993
The following is presented as both a definition and an illustration of the New Testament concept of leadership. This exchange took place during the question and answer period of a women’s meeting at Willow Creek Community Church. Church elder Laurie Pederson’s answer was given extemporaneously.

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Women and Revival Work: Acts 2:17-21—Revival’s Magna Charta
By: Mimi Haddad | July 31, 1994
In prayer this congregation asks for an out pouring of the Holy Spirit, but with an unspoken proviso, that God honor their gender bias: God may pour out His Spirit, but men alone may exhibit the Spirit’s empowering. Yet nothing seems further from the tenor of revival and the passage in Acts [...]

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The Role of Women in Christian Education
By: James Plueddemann | July 31, 1989
To build the Body of Christ, we must use all our God-given resources. Yet the church is fragmenting itself over the issue of how to use the resources. I argue that the testimony of the whole body of Scripture leaves room for cultural interpretation on the role of women in the church, and thus [...]

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More Than “Vacuum Cleaner Commandos”: Affirming Egalitarian Males
By: William David Spencer | January 30, 1991
Recently my neighbor told me about a widower living in double jeopardy. With no homemaking training in his past and no wife to clean up after him, his house was piled high with junk, dirty dishes, and soiled clothes. In addition, he had to share that house with a virtual stranger: his child.

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When Will We Be
By: Kari Torjesen Malcolm | January 31, 1987
As women, many of us have found out how wonderful it is to be loved by our families. But then we venture out beyond the shelter of our home and loved ones and go to the edge of the woods--into the male world--and we discover that we are not taken seriously.  

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Getting Control: Dealing with Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
By: Lee Taylor | January 30, 1991
It is useless to deny that women can be victims. Increasingly, the secular press documents it. The Christian press has long acknowledged it in society at large and is now beginning to acknowledge it even within the sacred walls of the church of Jesus Christ. People are also beginning to acknowledge that sexual harassment [...]

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